The HEA engages in a process of strategy and performance dialogue with the higher education institutions in order to improve system and institutional performance, enhance system accountability, and enable the HEA to manage system risks.



A Higher Education System Performance Framework, stating national priorities and key objectives of Government for higher education is set out by the Minister for Education and Skills for 2018-2020. As with the first framework, the HEA will use the new framework to conduct a process of strategy and performance dialogue with the individual institutions. This process will see the agreement of performance compacts between individual institutions and the HEA, with institutions leveraging their own individual missions, capacities, strengths and priorities to contribute to regional, national and system objectives as set out in the 2018–2020 framework.

For the 2018–2021 round of strategy and performance dialogue, the HEA is proposing to follow a similar process to that adopted for earlier cycles of strategic dialogue. The HEA will continue to measure individual HEI performance against an agreed mission-based performance compact which will be used to inform a system level verification of the contribution of HEIs to meeting the national priorities and key objectives of Government for higher education as set out in the framework.

The findings from the first round of strategy and performance dialogue are set out in the ‘Higher Education System Performance 2014-2017’ report here